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Fort Point National Historic Site

Historic Site and National Park
Presidio National Park, San Francisco
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  • Joanne W.
    "Absolutely beautiful place to be right under the Golden Gate Bridge."(13 Tips)
    Barbara C.
    "Great shot of bottom of GG Bridge and Alcatraz island"(3 Tips)
    Stephanie R.
    "Civil War Days is a great time to check this historic place out."(3 Tips)
    Jess L.
    "I love going up to the roof under the bridge and enjoying the view."(24 Tips)
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  • Joanne W.
    Joanne WongDecember 20, 2015
    Absolutely beautiful place to be right under the Golden Gate Bridge. Great place to take a lot of great photos as well. Make sure you wear a jacket when you head upstairs (best not to wear a dress).
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Fort Point was ostensibly built to protect SF from Confederate attack. Few places are more thrilling to kids than abandoned military forts. They're dark, spooky, and perfect for hide and seek. Read more
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYMarch 30, 2010
    Fort Point was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1853 and 1861 to prevent entrance of a hostile fleet into San Francisco Bay and was occupied in WWII in order to protect the Bay.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FontanaJune 4, 2015
    Great view of the bridge from below! Don't stay here for sunset but be sure to stop by. There's a good parking lot not too far from here.
  • David S.
    David SangerSeptember 16, 2011
    This Civil War fort offers a unique view from directly underneath the bridge. The intricate girders contrast with the historic brickwork. Shoot in the late afternoon from the top level.
  • Laksh
    LakshJune 9, 2014
    Bundle up! It gets cold and windy inside the arena-like fort. Also, make sure to peer through all the tiny windows for spectacular and rare views of the GGB.
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
    From the right side of the parking area, there is a great vantage of the Golden Gate Bridge. Get low and try to capture one of the rusty chains in the foreground with the bridge in the background.
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumJanuary 12, 2012
    Notice the greenish rock near the entrance. This is serpentinite—California’s state rock—which likely came from deep within the earth’s interior. This rock holds up the south tower of the GG Bridge.
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly StrodlSeptember 9, 2011
    Make it in to see the fort, it's epic and almost unknown how much history they have stored up in there. Plus a cool view of the city toward North Beach & the bridge. Tap you hands at the runners mark.
  • Jared Z.
    Jared ZimmermanNovember 6, 2012
    At the end of Crissy Field, right under the GGB is fort point, a civil war era brick fort, don’t miss it, but bring a jacket, it gets windy.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RayOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can get a BBQ on a sunny day with little wind, you've found a little slice of heaven. Sit back and enjoy the view of the bridge!
  • Jason F.
    Jason FontanaDecember 1, 2014
    From here you get one of the best views of the GG bridge. You get right below it. Be here some time before sunset and get to the top of the fort.
  • Fi V.
    Fi VeiNovember 9, 2015
    One of the best spots to get great shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, and also the fort is very beautiful itself...
  • Candid Cuisine
    Candid CuisineJune 25, 2015
    The long trek here to be up close to the Golden Gate Bridge is worth it. You'll be sweating afterwards though!
  • Priscilla L.
    Priscilla LeongMay 3, 2015
    Beautiful landscape but definitely need to bring a jacket, it's really windy.
  • Alice S.
    Alice SeoyeonOctober 3, 2014
    very recommened view point to enjoy great view of golden gate. also you can go to golden gate bridge by walk. it takes 5 to 10 min.
  • Son H.
    Son HongFebruary 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the top floor of Fort Point and walk around it and to the edge to see stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bonita Lighthouse, San Francisco, and the rest of the channel in. Read more
  • Spare the Air a.
    Hanging around in the San Francisco Bay Area this Memorial Day weekend? Plan ahead and take public transit to one of these local events. http://ow.ly/b9KFW
  • Hamdi B.
    Hamdi Ben LaghaMarch 24, 2015
    Place to go with a bike or by walk !
  • Son H.
    Son HongFebruary 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for a run through Crissy Field past the fishing pier and down the road towards Fort Point. Just to the right of FP, look for the metal wire fence and touch the "Hoppers Hands" before turning around Read more
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 23, 2016
    I love going up to the roof under the bridge and enjoying the view.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 23, 2011
    This Civil War-era fort was used as a base camp during construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and as a scouting point for enemy submarines during World War II. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Pez C.
    Pez CuckowApril 30, 2016
    Don't miss the amazing window on the third floor!
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 1, 2015
    It gets freezing here, bring your jacket. Civil War Days is a great time to check this historic place out.
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterJune 30, 2016
    Fantastic views of the bridge from underneath the south tower.
  • Ali T.
    Ali ThanawallaDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my absolute favorite places to take photos. Great spot for a portrait shoot.
  • Jeffrey L.
    Jeffrey LowyAugust 10, 2014
    The best view of the Golden Gate is from the top of Fort Point.
  • Barbara C.
    Barbara CzenczApril 25, 2013
    Great shot of bottom of GG Bridge and Alcatraz island, downtown San Fran and Sausalito
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeAugust 31, 2015
    The absolute best spot for views of the Golden Gate!
  • Molly W.
    Molly WiebeJanuary 26, 2014
    The night time tour is great! Bring warm clothes.
  • MisterEastlake
    MisterEastlakeFebruary 11, 2015
    Believe it or not, people always seem to be surfing here!
  • Erik H.
    Erik HomFebruary 13, 2012
    The location of Bicentennial Man starring Robin WIlliams where he meets his female robot counterpart. Madeleine meets her fate here in Vertigo
  • Filming Locations
    Filming LocationsApril 7, 2012
    The place, where Madeleine (Kim Novak) takes a reckless plunge into the waters of the Bay in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "Vertigo".
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJuly 7, 2013
    Breathe-taking night view of the GGB!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BOctober 7, 2015
    Stroll down & enjoy the view under the bridge.
  • Paulina
    PaulinaFebruary 16, 2015
    Beautiful sunsets happen here.
  • Cristina
    CristinaJune 29, 2016
    Beautiful place to take a great picture or to take a run.
  • Rafael M.
    Rafael MoralesApril 25, 2010
    Join the Fort Point facebook page for info about live music and other events here.
  • Jan O.
    Jan ORMarch 3, 2016
    Great view of the bridge.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RMay 3, 2011
    Beautiful backdrop for a walk or a picnic.
  • Doug V.
    Doug ValenteAugust 31, 2015
    Lots of great photo ops at the top level.
  • Allison D.
    Allison DeVoeDecember 18, 2010
    Climb along all the wall edges for fantastic views, no matter what the weather.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShimFebruary 2, 2014
    Best place to take a photo with the Golden Gate!
  • Todd L.
    Todd LoydFebruary 23, 2013
    Best view of the Bridge and FREE!
  • Brad D.
    Brad DayFebruary 26, 2011
    Starting March 1, Fort Point will lead free crabbing demonstrations from the pier. Who's hungry? Read more
  • El T.
    El TJanuary 14, 2014
    Amazing view, fog or shine!
  • Andrés A.
    Andrés AquinoJune 10, 2012
    Nice place, take care must be dress warm.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DennyJuly 21, 2015
    Gorgeous views!!!!
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelNovember 28, 2016
    A different viewing angle of the bridge
  • @CaptGeek (.
    Watch out, it closes at 5pm, but at least it's free :-)
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